University Council

The University Council is Deakin's governing body. It sets the University’s strategic direction and ensures that the appropriate plans are in place for Deakin to achieve its goals.

The role of the University Council

The primary responsibilities of the Council include:

  • appointing and monitoring the performance of the Vice-Chancellor as Chief Executive Officer of Deakin
  • approving the mission and strategic direction of Deakin and its annual budget and business plan
  • overseeing and reviewing the management of Deakin and its performance
  • establishing policy and procedural principles for the operation of Deakin consistent with legal requirements and community expectations
  • overseeing and monitoring the assessment and management of risk across Deakin
  • overseeing and monitoring the academic activities of Deakin
  • approving significant commercial activities and systems of control and accountability.

Members of the University Council

Official members

Members appointed by government

  • Professor David Ashbridge
    Initial date of appointment: 4 September 2012
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2017
  • Ms Carol Boyer-Spooner
    Initial date of appointment: 1 January 2016
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2018
    Carol Boyer-Spooner is a member of Council appointed by the Minister.
  • Ms Miranda Douglas-Crane
    Initial date of appointment: 24 September 2013
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2018
  • Dr Simon Eassom
    Initial date of appointment: 1 January 2016
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2018
  • Mr Peter Niblett
    Initial date of appointment: 1 January 2009
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2017

Members appointed by Council

  • Ms Helene Bender OAM 
    Deputy Chancellor
    Initial date of appointment: 21 May 2008
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2018
  • Professor Jean du Plessis
    Initial date of appointment: 1 January 2015
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2017
  • Ms Kathy Grigg
    Initial date of appointment: 8 September 2009
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2016
  • Mr Stuart Hamilton AO 
    Initial date of appointment: 24 September 2013
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2018
  • Ms Philippa Kelly
    Initial date of appointment: 1 January 2010
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2017
  • Mr Peter Meehan
    Deputy Chancellor
    Initial date of appointment: 20 February 2007
    Expiry of current term of office: 31 December 2018

Members elected to Council

Contact the Council Secretariat

Council Secretary
Dr Glenn Nicholls
+61 3 9246 8242
Email the Council Secretary

Executive Officer, Council
Rachel Haynes
+61 3 5227 8913